Every week, 150 rural, remote and Indigenous men, women and children in Australia die unnecessarily from avoidable illnesses and health conditions.
THE RATE OF PEOPLE REPORTING THE LACK OF A LOCAL GP AS A BARRIER TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IS 6 TIMES HIGHER IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES, AND 2.5 TIMES HIGHER IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, COMPARED TO THE CITIES.*
RARMS pioneered the implementation of the 'easy entry, gracious exit' model developed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network to address the shortage of doctors in rural areas. Within 2 years of opening its first RARMS Health clinics, RARMS tripled the number of GPs, increased the number of patient services by more than 69% and reduced the number of people attending hospital by 80%.
SUPPORTING OUR RURAL GPs & HEALTH SERVICES
ONE OF THE KEY BARRIERS TO WORKING IN RURAL PRACTICE INCLUDES A PERCEIVED LACK OF WORK/LIFE BALANCE.
To address this challenge, RAMS established the Remote GP Service through our Medical Workforce & Telehealth Services Group to provide hospitals, aged care facilities, Primary Health Networks, NDIS providers and medical practices with comprehensive workforce and patient services to support patient-centred care and practitioner work/life balance. This includes permanent doctor recruitment, locum suppot and telehealth GP services.
THE FATAL BURDEN OF DISEASE (THAT IS, YEARS OF LIFE LOST DUE TO PREMATURE DEATH) IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES IS 1.7 TIMES THAT OF MAJOR CITIES.*
Living and working in rural, remote and Indigenous communities provides RARMS with a unique insight and understanding of the needs of rural communities, and the programs and policies that are most effective in improving rural health services and outcomes.
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY ARE BORN, RAISED, LIVE, WORK AND PLAY, ARE AT THE HEART OF DELIVERING PEOPLE-CENTRED AND INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICES".*
RARMS was formed through a partnership between local rural, remote and Indigenous communities, and local GPs and health providers, by the NSW Rural Doctors Network to identify health needs and develop place-based solutions to complex rural and remote health care challenges.
DELIVERING RESULTS WITH OUR COMMUNITIES
Dr Clem Gordon and Dr Diane Coote celebrated 30 years of rural and remote practice at RARMS Warialda in December 2019.